Monday, November 19, 2012
17. I am thankful for being called"small" or "tiny" because of my healthier lifestyle. It took 65 years, but it was the first times I ever heard those terms applied towards myself.
18. I am thankful I live in a country that allows me all the freedoms I have.
19. I am thankful for the wonderful education opportunities that have been afforded me throughout my life. I love learning and I usually have something new come along each day.
Today my seasonal allergies had their way with me once more. I felt so terrible this morning, I think I fell into my pit. It doesn't happen often, thank goodness. It used to happen quite frequently. Now it seems to happen perhaps once and no more than twice a year and only when something else is going on with my health. This is one of the reasons I need to do my thankful posts for this month. Doing them and thinking about each one, helps me turn the negative of the depression to a positive without going into a manic episode. Keeping on a more even keel is what I'm all about with meds and doctor's appointments in Gainesville, etc.
It would seem my blue Monday turned into a very good day after all. How was your Monday? Did you make wise choices? Make someone else feel good about themselves? Did you remember to smile a lot. Honestly whenever we do these things, we tend to feel much better ourselves. It's as good as any therapy!!
Peace, Love, and Joy to all my Spark Buds. Y'all are wonderful and I love each of you!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
9. I'm thankful for having such beautiful days and being able to enjoy them. Even if it's raining or storming or even gray, the days are beautiful in their own way.
10. I'm thankful for my family history and being able to find so much of it on my own. Learning about those who came before is a true honor.
11. Today is such a special day. I'm filled with thankfulness to all veterans who served and those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Through the hardships and horror of war they served gallantly, and for this I am grateful. Others who served, but during peacetime, they too were vigilant to protect the same freedoms.
Thank you one and all. To all Viet Nam vets, Welcome home!
11 November 2001
by Evuska Chruszcz
Our grandfathers charged
San Juan Hill or fought in Europe.
Our fathers fought in
Europe or the Pacific
In the wars to end all war.
We were challenged not
To ask what our country
Could do for us,
Instead ask what we could
Do for our country.
The moon was in our sight
Many of us answered the call.
Some were in foreign lands
To help in the Peace Corp.
Others went to Appalachia –
Some went to a place
Called Viet Nam.
And some never returned.
Our sons and daughters
Went to Desert Storm.
And others went to Somalia and
Still others to Bosnia.
Some served aboard the USS Cole.
Today we honor them all –
As our tears dry
Over the civilians and
Civil servants who
Died along with those
At the Pentagon.
More veterans are
Being made in Afghanistan.
And we shed
More tears and
Remember to honor all veterans today. And should you see one, thank them. It means so much to them to know their service is appreciated and that their countrymen understand.
Peace Love and Remembrance.
Bob in the Navy
Bob at The Wall in Washington DC making rubbings for the airplane crew missing from his carrier.
uss-hornet.us/ Link to Bob's web page in honor of the MIA crew.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
5. I'm so thankful my procedure went well considering I had some post issues with blood. At least I'm finished for another five years, I hope. The nurse told me he found some minor internal issues, so I'm praying no more surgery. If anyone would like to join me in this, you know I'll be appreciative.
6. I'm thankful for all four of my fur babies. They know me so well and react accordingly. Their snuggles are so soothing and bring me the warm fuzzies. They are also so fun to watch while they are playing. They never fail to bring a smile to my face. The cute things they do are special, too. The other day Bob was petting Rex as he sat beside Bob's chair. KoKo was watching very intently, then went up to Rex and with his paw started stroking Rex's mane, too. Now how precious is that?
7. I'm thankful that a lot of our neighbors who are snowbirds have arrived safe and sound. Many of them got here in time to miss Sandy's furry. Still believing he's 50 rather than 70, Bob helps all of them with their lawns, computers, and other issues they may have. Many of them want to pay him and can't seem to understand this is what neighbors do for each other - look out for them and give the help they are able to do.
8. Today I'm thankful my Bob knows computers as well as he does. I mean I know the internet and project manager pretty well and some set ups, but he's the expert on settings, bios, etc. I'd wipe my computer clean if I attempted all that "stuff" !
Now to tell y'all what happened here on Sunday and why I'm so darn proud of our local American Legion and VFW. I'm sure most of you especially in the States are aware the of the Westboro Baptist Church and their protests at military funerals. Saturday it was learned from their website that they were planning one of those protests in our county seat. Phones calls were made to a three county area and emails were sent to all members who have them urging attendance at the funeral in order to stop this. Most of you know I'm very supportive of our freedom of speech, but I also feel that funerals and the calling hours are very personal. They afford the family and friends of the deceased time to grieve and say good bye. A lot of people would live with much guilt if they were unable to say goodbye to a loved one if this time wasn't allotted. So many showed from those two veteran groups along with their families (nearly 400 in all), they encircled the funeral home property! Can you imagine that with only one day's notice? The Westboro group never left their vehicles. There were also enough people to line the road.
The saddest part of this entire incident is the circumstances in which this young 25 year old mother of two died. She had been a survivor of domestic violence and had a restraining order against her estranged husband. When she didn't show up at Ft Collins they went to her home and found her dead on the floor and her two children unattended. They arrested her husband for her murder. So not only did the family have to deal with that at her memorial service but also learned about the protesters.
May I add, a facebook member who didn't even know the Spc and never served put up a message telling about the planned protest. The local police, county sheriff deputies, and Florida State Patrol were also nearby in case things got out of control. Thankfully they were not needed. Please keep in mind the entire population of the county is 75,000!! A lot of you most likely live in cities and towns with higher populations than that!
Thank you for letting me share the story.
Bob and I are busy on our November novels. Mine isn't going as well as I would like. The story, especially the dialogue, seems trite. I can see a lot of editing ahead!!
This is something different for me. I usually don't have such issues. If anyone would like to read the prologue and give constructive comments, let me know.
Peace Love Joy to all my wonderful Spark Buddies.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
3 I'm grateful for all the blessings and the richness of my life. Often I look around and shake my head. Sure, I've had two not so good marriages, abuse, a lot of health issues, but isn't that a part of life? When I was young, I didn't deal well with my issues. I wasn't diagnosed as bipolar until I was in my 50's. What a difference in attitude since I have found the combination of proper meds, a doc I trust, and now that I exercise more, even that helps. Journaling has helped me a lot, too.
4. Today is Sunday and I am so grateful for my faith. I have had it since I was young and it has made such a difference in my life. I watched an aunt of mine (my dad's sister who was the sibling that held the family together) struggle for years in many different ways. No matter what was thrown her way, she never lost her faith and always counted on God's guidance to get her through. What a wonderful example she was! I miss her a lot. Other than my parents, I think she is one of my relatives I was closest to in life. It was a wonderful example that she set for me.
My story is coming along. I write in spurts throughout the day! If nothing else, I am having a lot of fun with it. This is the story I've had in me and wanted to tell for a very long time - at least 25 years. I hope it will turn out as well as I want and think it will. Writing daily has helped, too. It would seem the more one writes, the better they get.
The Gators won yesterday, but it was a very sloppy win. They can do much better. They had a lot of injuries, too. It seemed for awhile that a Gator was injured on almost every play in the series.
This is short, but I'm going to have something to eat, then I may go back to writing.
Peace Love and Joy to all my Buds!
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